Chris Wilder has paid tribute to his opposite number ahead of the Blades clash with Ipswich Town at Bramall Lane on Saturday.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference the Blades boss sung the praise of experienced boss Mick McCarthy, who will be the opposition dugout at the weekend.
Wilder remarked: "Mick McCarthy is a fantastic manager and there will be a good, honest battle between our staff and theirs and on the pitch, both sets of players will give it and take it. It will be a proper football match.
"Just like at Forest, it will be competitive, like when Basham tackled their left-back, there was no rolling round, winking at people and trying to get people sent off and that's what we want to see.
"There has to be a professionalism about it and I'm not saying teams shouldn't be cute and streetwise but there is a line and it shouldn't be crossed, like it has been at times this season."
And the Blades boss says his side will face a stern test against the Tractor Boys, adding:
"My players compete and run around and Mick's teams have always done so. Richard Stearman has got a hell of a lot of respect for him.
"They were written off at the start of the season after a tough campaign last year, but Mick has had a great career and they've come bouncing back and I'm not surprised at all."